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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 05:08 am
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David Allen
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So, I got a Buffalo Breezo 24 inch direct drive exhaust fan!  This is quite a rare one I'm sure.  Looked like it was used in a John Deere tractor bodyshop.... loads of John Deere Green paint overspray on it!  I was able to remove that using the pressure washer. 

The real issue was the totally rotten off lead wires from the motor.  Those had to be replaced.  First, the motor came apart. The original wires had been taped over but had almost broken off from flexing.

I cut all that off, leaving the remaining intact wire ready for soldering.



After soldering, then a double layer of heat shrink went on. I doubled it up because the wiring will possibly be in contact with the rear end housing of the motor. Don't want an earth fault.



So the motor is done!  Read for a test.


The Breezo back together ready to rock and roll again!



I like it!  Will get paint before long.




And the video:



Hope y'all like this fan!  It will become a box fan, possibly with a nice oak box for indoor use. The factory literature says the motor is good for use with a speed controller, so that would make it a useful indoor fan.

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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 07:16 am
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That was pretty cool David, With that capacitor being branded Aerovox like it is would rougly date the fan to about the 1940s because most of the old antique radios I've ever worked on and restored had Aerovox capacitors in them and those radios dated to the 1940s or the 1950s, Aerovox as a capacitor manufacturer in the US ceased to exist in the 1970s I believe.

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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 06:26 pm
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You always find these great monster fans!

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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 07:55 pm
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Nice fan, the hub kinda looks like the hub on a emerson exhaust fan

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Nice work David. I've had to cut rotted wiring close like that and re-splice. As Zach mentioned, the fan looks like Emerson made it.

Commented on the YouTube page as well.

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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 09:52 pm
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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 10:43 pm
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Emerson fans have Emerson motors...  that is no Emerson
Nice work David!  Another one will be saved




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 Posted: Sat May 12th, 2018 04:19 am
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Guys, thanks for the replies. For some reason I never got notifications that replies had been posted!

Zachary Parr wrote:

It does look similar to those Emerson fans. I REALLY hope to find a 30" direct-drive Emerson one day!
Duane Burright wrote:Nice work David. I've had to cut rotted wiring close like that and re-splice. As Zach mentioned, the fan looks like Emerson made it.

Commented on the YouTube page as well.

Thanks for the comments on the video, and yeah I believe we have all faced this problem with the short lead wires before.  It can be a real problem when others have tried to "fix" it in the past and made the problem a lot worse. This fan had only about 3 or 4 wire strands remaining in each core. It was like that and then taped over!
Zachary Parr wrote:Nice fan, the hub kinda looks like the hub on a emerson exhaust fan


So much want! That is a thing of beauty...

Richard Daugird wrote:You always find these great monster fans!
Networking, my friend!  :clap:  I don't find the fans - the fans find me!

Levi Mevis wrote:That was pretty cool David, With that capacitor being branded Aerovox like it is would rougly date the fan to about the 1940s because most of the old antique radios I've ever worked on and restored had Aerovox capacitors in them and those radios dated to the 1940s or the 1950s, Aerovox as a capacitor manufacturer in the US ceased to exist in the 1970s I believe.
Very good info!  I figure that capacitor was very old.  While I like the style of it, I am afraid of it because the old ones don't have the safety devices like the new ones. The old ones can bloat, vent, and short-circuit thereby burning the motor out.  The modern ones such as TitanHD will go open circuit if they fail, thus preventing a catastrophic incident.



Lucas Beshara wrote:Emerson fans have Emerson motors...  that is no Emerson
Nice work David!  Another one will be saved






Very nice Emerson!

Today's Progress

Thanks to another member here, I received a Buffalo Forge fans catalog.  It showed the 24" Breezo as having the GE capacitor motor and being "compatible with speed controls."  That gave me the idea to try it on a TRIAC control such as a Lutron.  I made the test, and it works great.  The motor does not buzz nor heat up. It is very controllable and has a great turn-down capability. 



Eventually I plan to make a "furniture class" box fan to use in my house. It'll be oak wood like my Ilg 12W.  This one will be large enough to be used as a table or TV stand as well as a fan. That'll come eventually but maybe not soon.

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 Posted: Sat May 12th, 2018 04:20 am
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